We actually get this question a lot… Kerry asks:
I am just starting to coupon, and I am wondering if I can print coupons in black and white or if they have to be in color for stores to accept them? Thanks!
The simple answer is YES! you can print in black and white. Here is what your stores should look for in a legitimate printable coupon:
Expiration Date: Let’s play fair and not use expired coupons!
Scannable Barcode: Nothing frazzles a checker more than a coupon that won’t scan!
Retailer Insntructions: a legitimate coupon will always have instructions for the store to follow to get reimbursed.
Unique Barcode: If you are using more than one of the same coupon, they should be checking the barcode to make sure it’s not a copy !
Your checker should absolutely NOT be turning your coupon away just because it’s in black and white. You may find it helpful to print this letter issued from Smartsource addressed to retailers who won’t accept their coupons. This letter should help explain to your checker or manager what to look for – and what legitimate coupons look it. It even says Black and White coupons are acceptable!
I print my coupons in GRAYSCALE and they scan perfect. Here are the instructions I use to turn my printer to gray scale:
1. Go to Control Panel
2. Click on Printers and Faxes
3. Select which printer you want to adjust
4. Highlight the “Printer” Tab at the Top and Select “Printing Preferences”
5. Click on the tab “Print Quality” Then select “Fast Draft”
6. Now, go to the “Color” Tab and Check the box that says “Gray Scale” and “Black Print Cartridge Only”
Thanks for the email Kerry!